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Mahroo, Omar - consultant ophthalmologist


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Omar Mahroo, consultant opthalmologist



  • Biography

    Mr Omar Mahroo completed his medical degree and PhD in retinal electrophysiology at the University of Cambridge (1996-2004).

    He undertook post-doctoral research at Cambridge and the Australian National University, before commencing clinical house jobs in the Cambridge area. He then completed ophthalmology training in the London Deanery, becoming Fellow of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth) in 2012, and completed his training in 2015.

    Omar was appointed academic clinical lecturer in ophthalmology at St Thomas' Hospital in 2011, and set up a retinal electrophysiology research laboratory. He completed a retinal fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and now works as a consultant ophthalmologist at St Thomas' Hospital and at Moorfields (since 2016), managing patients with retinal disease.

    He conducts research in retinal electrophysiology at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and at King’s College London, where he is honorary clinical senior lecturer.

  • Eduction and training

    • BA Hons in Medical Sciences (Physiology), University of Cambridge, 1999 (First class awarded every year).
    • Honorary MA, University of Cambridge, 2003.
    • MB, BChir, University of Cambridge, 2004.
    • PhD, University of Cambridge, 2004 (Supervisors: Prof Trevor Lamb FRS and the late Prof RHS Carpenter).
    • Post-doctoral research scientist, 2004, University of Cambridge, UK and then Australian National University, Canberra.
    • Pre-Registration House Officer, 2005, Cambridge and Huntingdon.
    • Clinical Fellow in General Surgery, 2006, Cambridge.
    • Foundation Year 2 Doctor, 2006-2007, West Suffolk Hospital.
    • Specialist Trainee in Ophthalmology, 2007-2015, London Deanery.
    • Academic Clinical Lecturer in Ophthalmology, 2011-2015, King’s College London.
    • FRCOphth awarded, 2012, Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
    • Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice for Higher Education, 2013, King’s College London.
    • FHEA awarded, 2013, Higher Education Academy.
    • Associate of King’s College, 2014, King’s College London.
    • Fellowship in Medical Retina, 2014-2016, Moorfields Eye Hospital.
  • Specialist interests

    Medical retina conditions (including inherited retinal disease, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration).

  • Research interests

    • Retinal electrophysiology to investigate normal and abnormal retinal function (including in inherited retinal disease, and neurological/neuropsychiatric conditions.
    • Funding awards from the Wellcome Trust, Fight for Sight, Birdshot Uveitis Society and Thomas Pocklington Trust.
  • Awards

    • Macular Society 'Rising Star of the Year' Award (2019)

    Research grants: 

    • Moorfields Eye Charity (2019)
    • Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship Stage 2 (2017-2022)
    • Fight for Sight/Thomas Pocklington Trust Small Grant (2016)
    • Fight for Sight/Birdshot Uveitis Society Small Grant (2014)
    • Fight for Sight New Lecturers Grant (2012).

    International meeting prize:

    • European Vision and Eye Research prize for best paper, 2011.

    Trainee prizes: 

    • UKISCRS best refractive paper (2014)
    • Royal Society of Medicine poster prizes (2013; 2008)
    • King’s College London ACL best paper prize (2015)
    • King’s College London ACL poster prize (2014).

    University Prizes (University of Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College): 

    • Scholarship (1997)

    • Senior scholarship (1998)
    • Clinical scholarship (1999)
    • Walter Myers Exhibition for Medicine (1999).